1979 Cadillac Seville Olds 350 gasoline


A classic luxury


I had just recently purchased the 79 Seville, but I have also previously owned a 1977 and 1978 model. I have not had any problems with these Sevilles, and I've used it exclusively as a weekend car.

These cars are 35 years old, so they are going to require some maintenance and replacement of parts, but parts are generally cheap.

General Comments:

My 79 Cadillac is very clean, and it runs like it's almost brand new. I recently drove it over 150 miles on a weekend trip, and not a single problem occurred.

For a 35 year old car, it handles well and drives smoothly. The leather seats are very comfortable... like I'm sitting on my couch. It runs smooth and quiet.

The handling and performance are not as good as a BMW or any other modern car out on the road today, but these kinds of car were not specifically designed for that purpose.

If you're looking for a weekend cruiser in comfort, you can't go wrong with the first generation Seville.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2013

1979 Cadillac Seville 350 gasoline


Looking back, it was a very reliable automobile...


Delco battery failed within the first month without warning.

Fake wire hubcap sets were stolen more than once at a cost of $125 each to replace. The heavy dealer installed hubcap locks, which made the wheels hard to balance.

Had to be careful where we parked it, because vandals would key the Fire Mist metallic paint.

Living on the sea coast, rust under the vinyl roof became a problem after a couple of years.

The urethane fittings in the bumper areas warped from heat.

Mileage was 17 in town, 23 on the highway. About what my Lexus RX 300 gets today.

General Comments:

I bought a new '77 Seville for my wife and realize what a great car it was, then purchased the '79 for myself.

The backseat was small for a 6' or taller adult.

The Seville was a far better machine than the 1980 Volvo GLE that replaced it.

The car was given to my daughter, who proceeded to drive it into the ground. She did little maintenance on it, yet it gave her no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2013

12th Feb 2013, 16:24

Hard to imagine anything more reliable and durable - and cheap to keep running - than a GM turbo 350 transmission and an Oldsmobile 350 V8.

25th May 2017, 12:34

400 turbo 3spd.